Pet Food Contamination Litigation — In re Pet Food Products Liability Litigation
Court: United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Case No.: MDL No. 1850
Wexler Boley & Elgersma served as Co-Lead Counsel in this multidistrict consumer litigation arising from the largest pet food recall in history, involving over 180 brands of products produced or sold by over 40 Defendants. The products were recalled because dogs and cats were reportedly becoming sick or dying after eating the pet food. After the recall, it was discovered that certain pet food products contained contaminated wheat gluten or rice protein concentrate. Pet owners throughout the nation suffered significant damages as a result of the food contamination. The action, which was pending before the Honorable Noel L. Hillman in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, settled for $24 million, creating a fund from which consumers could claim up to 100% reimbursement for documented economic losses, as well as up to $900 in undocumented economic damages.